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Only minor changes are in store for 2012 Grand Vitara models, including a slightly modified tailgate design (that nixes the spare tire on some models) and upgrades to the navigation system that include voice recognition and information such as traffic and weather updates.
A Garmin-based navigation system was made standard in 2010, positioning the Grand Vitara as America's most affordable SUV with nav. For 2011 they've updated the Garmin to the 1600 system; it now includes a host of services, including real-time traffic, weather forecast, movie search, flight info and lowest gas price. They've also - and more notably - eliminated the V6 powerplant.
Following in the tire tracks of the successful SX4, the Grand Vitara receives a built-in Garmin navigation unit with Bluetooth capability as standard equipment. Owners can upgrade to the MSN suite of features that includes gas prices, movie times, weather/traffic updates and much more.
Along with a revised front end, the 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara touts two new engines: a 2.4-liter four cylinder and a 3.2-liter V6. Interior improvements include illuminated steering wheel controls, a sliding feature added to the center armrest and sun visors and improved ventilation and audio controls.
The Suzuki Grand Vitara is really two vehicles in one. Its compact size, plush interior and comfortable ride make it every bit as desirable as a small wagon or crossover SUV, while its rugged construction, generous ground clearance and available full-time all-wheel drive make it the perfect off-road companion. Career professionals with active outdoor lifestyles will find the Grand Vitara's sophisticated good looks make it ideal for shuttling business clients during the week, while its capable off-road abilities allow for a weekend's worth of rock crawling and mud slinging. Best of all, the Grand Vitara's powerful yet fuel-efficient V6 engine won't break you at the gas pumps, a statement not many SUVs can make.